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SCC Men’s Basketball Team Ranked 24th In Pre-Season Poll

Southeast Community College’s men’s basketball team is ranked 24th in the preseason rankings released today by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The Storm, which competes in Division II of the NJCAA, return just four players who were on the 2009-2010 roster: Deion McGraw, a 6-foot-2 guard from Omaha (North High School); Ben Bowman, a 6-6 forward from Warragul, Australia; Brian Lewis, a 6-2 guard from LaGrange, Ga.; and Tiit Kuek, a 6-0 guard from Omaha (Bryan High School). The Storm went 20-13 last season.

Head coach Joel Wooton’s 2009-2010 team did, however, capture the NJCAA Division II academic national championship with a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.

Defending national champion Lincoln College of Illinois is No. 1 in the preseason rankings and has three returning starters.

One of SCC’s opponents this season, Brown Mackie College of Salina, Kan., is ranked 12th in the preseason poll. SCC hosts Brown Mackie at 7 p.m. Jan. 26, then travels to Salina for a 7 p.m. game on Feb. 16.

The first rankings of the regular season, which will rank 15 teams, will be released Nov. 16.

NJCAA Division II Men’s Preseason Rankings:

  1. Lincoln College
  2. Mott Community College
  3. Cecil College
  4. Kirkwood Community College
  5. Grand Rapids Community College
  6. Phoenix College
  7. Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
  8. Erie Community College
  9. Henry Ford Community College
  10. Waubonsee Community College
  11. South Suburban College
  12. Brown Mackie College
  13. St. Louis Community College-Meramec
  14. Guilford Technical Community College
  15. Monroe Community College
  16. Bismarck State College
  17. Mercer County Community College
  18. Kishwaukee College
  19. Illinois Central College
  20. Des Moines Area Community College
  21. Columbus State Community College
  22. Lansing Community College
  23. Community College of Rhode Island
  24. Southeast Community College
  25. St. Clair County Community College

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.